Daily Devotion Tuesday, 10 January 2017
His joy in us
In the days after Christ was raised from the dead, the disciples were born of the Spirit. When that took place, because faith had come in their hearts, they could now rejoice with His joy. This is a most remarkable point. His joy became their joy! Jesus said to His disciples, ‘I have spoken to you, [so] that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full’. How does Christ’s joy become our joy? His joy is a result of His faith. We receive the joy of Christ because we receive His faith. We go on receiving His faith as we continue to receive the word of Christ. And we live by His faith because we have His Spirit dwelling in us.
What is His faith? It is that He believes Their plan is going to work – that many sons will be brought forth to glory. His faith is given to us, so that we believe the same thing He believes. This is how His joy becomes our joy. As we live by the faith of the Son of God, His will is being outworked and fulfilled in our lives, and in the lives of those around us. His covenant plan is coming to fruition. As such, His joy is made complete and full in us. His joy abides in us and no-one can take it from us. The apostle Peter described this as ‘joy inexpressible’. The joy of the Lord becomes our strength, enabling us to endure and persevere through every season. Jesus endured because of the joy that was set before Him. We also can endure because of the joy He has given us. The joy of the Lord being made complete in us is the evidence that the gospel is effective.
|Joh 20:22 Joh 15:11 Rom 10:17 Gal 4:6 1Pe 1:8 Neh 8:10|
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